Eat Fish, Choose Wisely
Advice from Department of Health
Fish is good for you and part of a healthy diet. Understanding the health benefits of fish along with concerns over contamination such as mercury can be confusing. The key is to make smart choices. Choose fish that are low in mercury and other contaminants. Our advice is, “Eat fish, be smart, choose wisely!”
Tips to Reduce Contaminants
- Remove skin, organs, and fat before cooking
- Eat a variety of fish
- Eat younger and smaller fish (within legal limits)
Chart below is partial list of advisories.
Although fish is a healthy part of our diet, there are 49 advisories in Washington State because of contaminants. We recommend you eat at least two fish meals per week and choose wisely. Eat a variety of fish that are low in contaminants. The chart below is not a complete list of all advisories in Washington. Most advisories in our state include fish that are good to eat, including 24 healthy fish choices!
- Before you fish, check advisories at http://www.doh.wa.gov/fishmap or call 1-877-485-7316.
- More information including advice for women and children www.doh.wa.gov/fish.
|All waterbodies||Northern Pikeminnow||Women of childbearing age and children should not eat|
|Columbia River – Middle – Bradford Island (Bonneville Dam to Fort Raines)||Bass, Bluegill, Carp, Catfish, Crappie, Sucker, Sturgeon, Walleye, Yellow Perch||Everyone should not eat|
|Lower Columbia River (former Vanalco Plant)||Clams||Everyone should not eat|
|Duwamish River (Lower)||All resident fish, shellfish and crab||Everyone should not eat|
|Lake Whatcom||Smallmouth Bass||Women of childbearing age and children should not eat|
|Lake Washington||Carp, Northern Pikeminnow||Everyone should not eat|
|Olympic National Park (Lake Ozette)||Largemouth Bass, Northern Pikeminnow||Everyone should not eat|
|Spokane River (Idaho Border to Upriver Dam)||All species||Everyone should not eat|
|Wenatchee River (Icicle Creek to Columbia River)||Mountain Whitefish||Everyone should not eat|